HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest athletics department was highlighted by many firsts, school records and other academic and athletic success during the 2017-18 season.
Each weekday for the next 15 days we will add a new moment to our top 15 countdown to showcase some of the greatest moments throughout the past year.
#12: Purdue Northwest Athletics Records 3.28 GPA During Fall Semester
For the third straight semester, the Purdue University Northwest Athletics Department has surpassed its collective grade-point average when the Fall 2017 academic report was recently released. With over 200 PNW student-athletes contributing, the Pride posted a new benchmark semester grade-point average of 3.28.
In addition, PNW Athletics had 27 of its student-athletes boast a perfect 4.0 GPA, nearly doubling its total of 14 from the Spring 2017 semester. In fact, 75 percent recorded at least a 3.0 GPA.
The Pride women’s basketball team posted the top team grade point average for the Fall 2017 semester with an impressive 3.72 GPA. Women’s tennis was next with a 3.67 followed by women’s cross country (3.62), men’s golf (3.49), men’s tennis (3.46) and softball (3.43).
In total, 12 of PNW’s 13 varsity teams carried at least a 3.0 average grade point average.
#13: PNW’s Cordova Named National Semifinalist for Wooden Cup
Purdue Northwest men’s cross country senior standout Salvador Cordova (Hammond, Ind./Bishop Noll) was named one of 25 national semifinalists for The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup presented by Athletes for a Better World (ABW) when the national organization announced the award committee’s selections. To be nominated for the Wooden Cup, an athlete must exemplify strong character and leadership both on and off the field in addition to making worthwhile contributions to sport and society.
Full recap: http://www.pnwathletics.com/mcc/news/2017-18/4224/pnws-cordova-named-national-semifinalist-for-wooden-cup/
#14: Purdue Northwest Athletics Pays Special Tribute to John Friend
In a formal dinner and ceremony at Purdue Northwest’s Fitness & Recreation Center, the PNW Pride paid a special tribute to one of its long-time athletic administrators, John Friend. During the ceremony that included nearly 200 of Friend’s family, friends and colleagues, the University also officially announced the naming of its Fitness & Recreation court as “John Friend Court” and bestowed upon Friend the title of Director of Athletics Emeritus.
#15: Flessner Named NCBWA Division II National Pitcher of the Week
Just three days after earning the program’s first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Baseball Pitcher of the Week honor, Purdue Northwest junior Kyle Flessner (Thomasboro, Ill./Kankakee CC/Rantoul Township) made history again. Flessner was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II National Pitcher of the Week award winner